Tuesday, June 4, 2013

6 Tips For Surviving Meltdowns

by Bec Oakley at snagglebox.com

Helping your child through a meltdown can be one of the hardest parts of parenting autistic kids.

Amidst all the noise and chaos you have to somehow figure out what's causing it, and that can be tricky (if not downright impossible) if they're having trouble communicating.

At those times finding a reason takes a back seat to keeping everyone safe and just getting through it in one piece. So here are some tips for how to do that.

1. Don’t get angry
It’s pointless, it just adds to the noise and it doesn’t solve anything. Plus you end up feeling like crap. Your child isn't doing this to be naughty, stubborn or get his own way so being angry at him won't solve anything. Take a deep breath instead and rally your resources. And remember, no matter how hard it is for you, it's umpteen times harder on him.

2. Take control
Remove your child from the situation or change the thing that’s bothering him. If you don’t know what it is, put him somewhere safe and ride it out.

3. Don’t try reason
He isn’t in control of himself in a meltdown - the system has overloaded and is shutting down. Trying to reason, reprimand or even ask what’s wrong is only giving him more sensory input to deal with and making things worse.
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